October 15, 2012

A Bridge Over the Bosphorus

Istanbul has long been a city divided. Straddling the Bosphorus, a strait of water that forms part of the boundary between Europe and Asia, the city has a tumultuous history. Founded in the seventh century BC as Byzantium, it has been captured and reinvented several times in the past two and a half millennia, and formed the capital of four empires: Roman, Byzantine, Latin and Ottoman.

Today Istanbul is a forward-thinking city, the business hub for many of Turkey’s international organisations and home to 13.4m people. One of the industries most keenly benefiting from the city’s progressive attitude is design.

This year sees the inaugural Istanbul Design Biennial, which opens this weekend and runs until mid-December at the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art and the Galata Greek Primary School, in the modern quarter of the city, above the Golden Horn, an inlet of the Bosphorus. The event will showcase designs in architecture, interior design, graphics and fashion.

Read more on The Financial Times: A Bridge Over the Bosphorus


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